verb (past and past participle bled /blɛd/)
- 1 [no object] Lose blood from the body as a result of injury or illness: the cut was bleeding steadily some casualties were left to bleed to death (as noun bleeding) the bleeding has stopped nowMore example sentences
- In Hill's Western Front context, it might very well be ‘a word which, horribly, blends the bleeding men with the rain and mud’.
- Feel free to swim within a half hour of eating, or go into the water with bleeding open wounds.
- So a dream of bleeding gums would indicate a loss of life force through the suppression of thoughts and feelings, and lack of support for one's decisions.
- 2 [with object] Draw blood from (someone), especially as a former method of treatment in medicine: he didn’t bleed his patients with leechesMore example sentences
- Legend says that he was bled to death by a treacherous nun at Kirklees in Yorkshire.
- It wasn't deep enough to bleed her to death, but enough to sting and ensure she'd scar.
- There was no need for physicians to bleed residents of this part of Ohio because the mosquitoes did the job.
- 2.1 • informal Drain (someone) of money or resources: his policy of attempting to bleed British unions of fundsMore example sentences
- The cost of running all these elections and the challenged elections all return to the union too, so the government attempted to bleed the unions with this legislation.
- Certainly he's bleeding us to death in terms of money.
- Gilmartin will tell the Flood Tribunal that attempts were made to bleed him for payments in return for political assistance with his ambitious plans.
- 3 [with object] Allow (fluid or gas) to escape from a closed system through a valve: open the isolating valves and bleed air from the pump chamberMore example sentences
- It cannot be over inflated, as there is an overflow valve that bleeds excess air from the system.
- A gas operating system bleeds gas out of the barrel - usually near the muzzle - and uses it to push an operating rod, or the bolt, to the rear.
- Once ignited, the base burner unit bleeds hot gas which causes the flow of air at the base to be less turbulent.
- 3.1Release fluid or gas from (a closed system) by allowing air to escape through a valve: air can be got rid of by bleeding the radiator at the ventMore example sentences
- How do you bleed the air from brake lines of 2002 Lincoln LS?
- Then bleed the air out of the hose, remove the tool and open the regulator to bleed the air in the tank.
- Eventually, we will all need to do some work on our brake system that will result in the need to bleed the system.
- 4 [no object] (Of a liquid substance such as dye or colour) seep into an adjacent colour or area: I worked loosely with the oils, allowing colours to bleed into one anotherMore example sentences
- My bamboo needles have taken on a reddish hue, so I'm pretty sure the colours will bleed.
- As the sun sets, the colour bleeds from the sand until the dunes are ghostly white.
- The faux fur was drenched in water and the cheap dye bled on Becca's hands.
- 4.1 Printing (With reference to an illustration or design) print or be printed so that it runs off the page after trimming: the picture bleeds on three sidesMore example sentences
- Oprah likes pictures that bleed off the page and are in-your-face.
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- 1An instance of bleeding: a lot of blood was lost from the placental bleedMore example sentences
- It was the evidence of all the other experts in the case that in most instances subdural bleeds could be explained as being a reaction to mechanical forces.
- And if you have got some bleeds and your doctor feels that it is time to do something about it, you go in and you get a laser treatment, and it is not the end of the world.
- Bleeds in the central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, neck and throat are major bleeds or dangerous bleeds and should be taken seriously.
- 2 [mass noun] The escape of fluid or gas from a closed system through a valve: check the amount of air bleed from the compressor [as modifier]: open the bleed valveMore example sentences
- The bleed valve is located at the top end of the radiator and at one end of the baseboard convector.
- You'll have to install the radiator next, followed by the pump and fill and bleed kit.
- One of those two bleed holes will always be upright, no matter which lever is on the right and left.
- 3 Printing An instance of printing an illustration or design so as to leave no margin after the page has been trimmed: the picture has an unfortunate bleedMore example sentences
- Just been watching Steve Jobs' Macworld Keynote speech, iPhoto was just simplicity itself and the demo of iPhoto book with 10-50 full page bleeds was just awesome.
- Oh well, at least you got a full bleed photo that wasn't a handrail.
- She opened it to a full bleed picture of the reverend himself and showed Frank the elaborate signature.
- 3.1 [mass noun] The seeping of a dye or colour into an adjacent colour or area: colour bleed is apparent on brighter huesMore example sentences
- You no more need to be terrified about washing your new outfits for the fear of colour bleed.
- Overcast the cut edges so they don't fray, then toss the item in the machine by itself in case of colour bleed.
- Video quality is uniformly solid, though some videos are overly bright, with some examples of minor edge degradation and color bleed.
bleed someone/something dry (or white)
- Drain someone or something of wealth or resources: if she hadn’t bled me dry over the divorce we could afford a better placeMore example sentences
- The attorney said that they bled Limbaugh dry, but also said the money involved was ‘about several hundred thousand dollars’.
- They were the men who took money off him, who bled him dry.
- If the forces immediately outside London are bled dry as a result of an attempt to switch finance from one part of the country to another, ultimately, the risks of doing that will be enormous.
my heart bleeds (for you)
- Used ironically to imply that the person referred to does not deserve the sympathetic response they are seeking: ‘I flew out here feeling tired and overworked.’ ‘My heart bleeds for you!’ she repliedMore example sentences
- Oh how my heart bleeds for those poor workers that got nearly all their ‘entitlements’ courtesy of the taxpayer after years in a union-sheltered workshop.
- Well, my heart bleeds over a journalist complaining about someone else only printing half the story.
- Aw, bless you poor thing, my heart just bleeds, love!
Old English blēdan, of Germanic origin; related to blood.